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Sustainable Living courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Do you dream of living more sustainably? Gain the hands-on skills and knowledge to make that dream a reality.

Learn to reduce your footprint on the planet in an affordable way, engage positively with your surroundings and help your community gain the benefits of sustainability too.

Choose from our nationally-recognised Permaculture certificate courses to one-day workshops and short courses.

Develop your interests in sustainability by enrolling, today.

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Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

This hands on course will take you through the process of building a back yard oven made from clay & other earthen materials. These ovens can be scaled in size and used to cook wood fired pizzas, breads, crock pots and so much more! Come along for some fun & be prepared to get muddy! Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. What to bring Clothes that can get muddy Pen & paper for notes Refreshments Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a... [More]
$199 Limited inc GST / $179
Build Your Own 'Earth Oven'

<p>This hands on course will take you through the process of building a back yard oven made from clay & other earthen materials. These ovens can be scaled in size and used to cook wood fired pizzas,

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 1: An introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest good quality bamboo and treat it for longevity. It will also cover how to grow different species of bamboo and how to... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use digital technology for short and basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG001)
Bamboo Basics Part 1

<p><strong>Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia.</strong></p>

<p>Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students

...
You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Caring for Water Places

Caring for Water Places

Do you live near a creek, river or estuary that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in helping them come back to life? Sadly, many of our beautiful water places are seriously degraded through development and historic land use practices. In this short course you will learn how to determine the quality of your waterway and gain knowledge and experience to take steps to fix it, in the process restoring aquatic plant and animal life, drawing down some carbon and healing the planet.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to simple informal workplace texts (FSKRDG006)
  • Use digital technology for non-routine workplace tasks (FSKDIG003)
Caring for Water Places

<p>Do you live near a creek, river or estuary that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in helping them come back to life?</p>

<p>Sadly, many of our beautiful water places are seriously degraded

...
You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Bamboo Basics Part 2

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 2: Builds on the skills learnt in Bamboo Basics Part 1. You will delve deeper into the 1001 multifunctional uses for this incredible renewable resource and master the basics of designing to build with... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to short and simple workplace signs and symbols (FSKRDG002)
  • Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM003)
  • Write short and simple workplace information (FSKWTG003)
Bamboo Basics Part 2

<p><strong>Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia.</strong></p>

<p>Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students

...
You are NOT ENROLLED until we receive a completed application form & payment. Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Beekeeping - Level 2

Beekeeping - Level 2

This is the next level from an Introduction To Beekeeping, which is a prerequisite to this course. You will be working in pairs on live bee hives. You’ll be covering such things as safety and risk management, opening and inspecting a hive, assessing pests and diseases, swarm control, Queen raising, honey extraction, processing, packaging and more. Those who haven’t yet started would benefit from the confidence and skill building gained by this next level, while those that have bees... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you want to grow your passion, while creating and nurturing diverse types of green environments? A career in horticulture is a great choice if you enjoy working outdoors. It can provide you with vast opportunities to work within a wide range of horticulture settings. You will learn how to: Operate machinery and equipment Contribute to work health and safety processes Recognise plant specimens and provide information on their culture Conduct site inspections and coordinate work... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG345)
  • Collect native seed (AHCNAR305)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL305)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

h3. Please note: Our course for 2021 is now full Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. h3. You will learn how to:... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT307)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW! Permaculture is a richly rewarding career, where you can immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices. It can provide you with opportunities to work in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. You will learn how to: Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices Identify... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS407)
Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design, including tiny houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more. Topics covered include: Sustainable Housing Efficient Housing Design for your environment Passive heating and cooling New buildings/designs... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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